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USC Upstate Plans Topping Out Ceremony For George Dean Johnson, Jr. College Of Business and Economics

06- 26- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - The University of South Carolina Upstate will hold a Topping Out of the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics on Friday, July 31 at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate the last piece of steel being placed in the building's structure. Guests are invited to sign the beam, hear remarks and tour the first floor footprint of the building.

/uploadedImages/Offices/Communications/News/2009/June/Johnson College construction, 6.22.09.jpgThe $30 million facility, which bears the name of the chairman of Johnson Development Associates, is currently under construction on Saint John Street and is expected to be completed in May 2010.  The three-story, 60,000-square-foot building is located adjacent to the Chapman Cultural Center. David M. Schwarz Architects, Inc. is the design architect Linbeck is the construction manager for the project.

The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at USC Upstate currently enrolls nearly 850 majors and is a rapidly growing unit in the University. It is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. The AACSB International accreditation assures quality and promotes excellence and continuous improvement in undergraduate and graduate education for business administration and accounting. USC Upstate is one of 42 institutions worldwide with undergraduate only programs that are accredited. Few business schools in the nation with a predominantly undergraduate mission are accredited by this prestigious international association.

Founded in 1967, the University of South Carolina Upstate has spent the last 42 years developing its mission as one of the Southeast’s leading metropolitan universities. In addition to building acclaimed and accredited academic programs, the University has recruited a faculty with excellent credentials and experience and a student population of great potential and diversity. USC Upstate is home to 5,000 students from 38 states and 71 nations. More than 17,500 students have earned their degrees with 85 percent of graduates remaining in the Upstate to build their lives and careers.

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